David Lam is Professor in the Department of Economics and Research Professor in the Population Studies Center, University of Michigan. He earned an MA in Demography in 1982 and a PhD in Economics in 1983 at the University of California, Berkeley.
David was elected to serve as the 2011 President of the Population Association of America. He has provided his expertise in economic demography in a number of capacities, including as chair of the NSF Oversight Board of the IPUMS-International project, and as advisor, consultant, and organizer for the World Bank, the United Nations Population Division, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the South Africa Office of the Presidency.
David is a leading researcher on the economic demography of inequality, especially applied analysis of inequality in developing countries. His research is wide-ranging, including publications in the areas of income and wages, education, unemployment, child labor, fertility, sexual behavior of youth, intergenerational effects of HIV/AIDS, and cohort size in demographic transition.
As Program Director (PD), David provides the intellectual leadership of the program including the identification of research gaps and specification of research areas for the calls. He will also oversee the monitoring and evaluation of funded research projects.
As research uptake and capacity building are key objectives of the program, David will also lead the synthesizing of results from the program. He will also have an important role to play in the identification and engagement of end users and the development of policy briefs where appropriate.
The PD is supported by the Deputy Programme Director at IZA, Maryam Naghsh Nejad.
Maryam received her PhD in economics from West Virginia University in May 2013. Her research interests include issues in International Migration, Development and Institutions.
She joined IZA as a research associate in July 2013. Since January 2014, she is the Deputy Program Director for the special Program area "Growth and Labour Markets in Low Income Countries"